School of Natural & Social Sciences
HHPS: Featured Students
2014-2015 Majors of the Year
Wayne State College HHPS faculty recently announced the 2014-2015 recipients for "Major of the Year" in Sport Management (Eric Oetken), Exercise Science (Michaela Geiser), Applied Human and Sport Physiology (Sarah Hohenstein), and K-12 Physical Education (Anthony Cliffords).
Major of the Year Sport Management
Eric Oetken is a junior Sport Management major at Wayne State College. He has served as Vice President for SPORTS Club, he is a member of Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society and he has worked for Mike Grosz in the Sports Information Department. After finishing classes fall semester, he hopes to intern with a Minor League Baseball team. Dr. Chad Maas, associate professor of Sport Management commented “Eric is a student that is very up to date with what is happening in the sports business world and how it impacts the sport management field as well as his potential career options. He is always looking for ways to better himself outside the classroom through leadership roles in SPORTS club as well as opportunities off-campus. He has been a tremendous asset to our program and will be extremely successful as he pursues a career in baseball.” His hometown is Le Mars, IA and he is the son of Charlie and Teresa Oetken.
Michaela Geiser is a senior Exercise Science major and Foods and Nutrition minor at Wayne State College. Michaela is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and has been on the Dean’s List every semester of her college career. In March, she will be inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and she is currently interning at Bryan LifePointe in Lincoln, Nebraska. Dr. Barbara Engebretsen, Exercise Science professor, stated “Michaela Geiser is the kind of student who will quietly and respectfully challenge to be noticed, not by being the most outgoing student in the class, but by being a determined and responsible student, devoted to excellence. She has distinguished herself as one of our top students, and where ever she goes after WSC, will reflect the kind of excellence to which the department of HHPS aspires. Thank you Michaela, for what you've brought to HHPS, and congratulations on this deserved honor!” Michaela is the daughter of Doug and Marlene Geiser from Broken Bow, Nebraska.
Major of the Year Applied Human and Sport Physiology
Major of the Year Physical Education
Tony Cliffords is a senior K-12 Health and Physical Education major at WSC. His passion is to work with youth to inspire life-long physical fitness among all, while also instilling good character among his students. While at WSC, Tony served as a Resident Assistant for four years, was a Dean’s List recipient each semester, a member of the Northeast Nebraska Teaching Academy, Alpha Lambda Delta, and participated in Intramurals. Currently, Tony is student teaching at Wayne Public Schools. Associate professor of Physical Education Dr. Kevin Hill stated “Tony Cliffords has a rare combination of intelligence, creativity, compassion, and humility. He has the teaching skills of someone who has been teaching for several years, even though he has yet to hold a full-time position in education. He can make learning enjoyable and takes every opportunity to encourage student growth. Tony has been a treat to have in class and will be sorely missed in our department.” Tony is the son of Bryan and Jackie Cliffords from Osceola, Nebraska.